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Managing state-owned dams and weirs

Coronavirus (COVID-19):

As part of the Queensland Government's roadmap to easing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, some dams and weirs are re-opening on 15 May 2020 (for day-use only) for the community to enjoy recreational activities. However no camping is permitted. View a list of open dams and weirs.

The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy owns and manages 21 dams and weirs across Queensland which provide a range of services to the community including irrigation, rural water supply, firefighting and recreation.

The remainder of the Queensland Government's water resources and pipelines are managed by Seqwater and SunWater.

Management strategies

The management of state-owned water infrastructure assets means maintaining their value, minimising costs and maximising benefit to the public.

Our asset maintenance strategies include:

  • condition-based maintenance
  • periodic and comprehensive inspections: all referable dams are periodically assessed for structural integrity, age and remaining life, the ability to continue to meet its purpose and level of service obligation
  • dam safety reviews and workplace health and safety audits: all assets are assessed to comply with the dam safety management guidelines.

Map of state-owned dams and weirs

This map indicates which dams are open to the public:

  • the green marker indicates open
  • the red marker indicates closed.

Some of the smaller dams and weirs are permanently closed to the public for safety reasons.

For referable dams, links to the emergency action plans are included in the map.

Contact us

If you have concerns over the safety of a water dam, email damsafety@dnrme.qld.gov.au.

Email nca@dnrme.qld.gov.au for enquiries about dams and weirs.

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Contact

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General enquiries: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)